GILGIT: About 554 candidates from 24 constituencies have submitted nomination papers for general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan scheduled for November 15.

The candidates were accompanied by large number of their supporters during submission of nomination papers on Wednesday. The last date for submitting nomination papers was September 30.

According to GB election commission, there are 86 candidates for three seats in Gilgit district, 63 candidates for two seats in Nagar, 31 for one seat in Hunza, 67 for four seats in Skardu, 11 for one seat in Kharmang, five for one seat in Shigar, 66 for two seats in Astore, 67 for four seats in Diamer, 84 for three seats in Ghizer and 47 for three seats in Ghanche.

Political activities have increased in the region after announcement of general elections. Many members of the ruling PTI have decided to contest the elections as independent candidates after the failed to get tickets of the party. Observers expect tough contest between PTI and PPP in the polls.

Published in Dawn, October 2nd, 2020

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